Ramadan is a great time to teach a series of lessons to your kids, as you have the whole month to focus on them. You can select a related story to read with your child and formulate an activity for each day. If you don’t have much time to spend teaching and doing an activity, then have a 30 Day Reading Challenge, where you or your older child, must read a story each day out loud. You can make it extra special by selecting an Islamic book a day.
If you decide to have a Reading Challenge, then make a chart so that you and your child can keep track of the books that are read. As an incentive, have some sort of prize at the end of the month, for completing the reading challenge. Your challenge could be set in a theme, such as the Prophets of Allah, Stories of the Companions, or a chapter from the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (saw).
Whichever way you decide to do your Ramadan reading activity, it is a great way to boost your child’s reading experience, and have them learn about an aspect of Islam.
Steps to help you plan your Ramadan Reading Activity
1. Select a story each day
Select an Islamic story to read or talk about every day during the month of Ramadan. Stories can be of the 25 Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an, stories from Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) Companions, stories from the Qur’an, stories from famous Muslims and scholars, or stories from Islamic children’s books.
For example, if you want to focus on teaching your child about many Prophets, then you can tell a story about one Prophet each day for the first 25 days, then for the last 4 or 5 days, you can relate stories of Prophet Muhammad (saw). If you know the stories by heart, then you can retell them without a book, but if you don’t, then you can find these stories in many books available, or online.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when telling stories or reading a book
- Decide on the same time each day that you will have your storytelling
- Find a comfortable place to read
- Have a discussion about the lessons that were learnt
2. Create a hands-on activity to accompany the story
To extend the story and make it more interactive, have an accompanying activity. It can be a craft, a drawing or a writing task. Ask yourself what your child is capable of doing. Are they better at drawing, designing or writing from the story?
3. Review the lesson
Have a brief summarizing of the story, the lesson learnt, and feedback on the creative activity. To get you started, I’ve written a lesson on Prophet Adam (a.s) to help you begin your challenge.
Ramadan Day 1: Prophet Adam
- Prepare by reading the story of Prophet Adam from the Qur’an or an Islamic book, to get an idea of the story and the lessons that you want to focus on. To save time, you might want to buy a set of the Prophets of Allah books and read it from there.
- At the designated time, get on your comfy chair to tell or read the story. If you have older children, you might want to let each one take a turn to read a paragraph or a section.
- Once you’ve finished the story, ask questions, and depending on the age of your child, you can ask them to retell the story in their own words, or share the most important parts of what they learnt from the story.
- One of the lessons from the story of Prophet Adam (a.s), is that we should obey Allah. As an activity, draw a large tree that you and your child can paint or colour. Then cut out some leaf shapes from paper, which they can color in or use green construction paper. Ask your child to name some of the things that we can do to obey Allah. Write each thing down on a leaf shape, and attach it to the tree with glue. This tree is great for later to use as well, to use as a discipline tool if you’ve written things like obey your mother or be kind to your brother. When your child is hurtful to others or disobeys you, you can direct them to the tree and ask them to find the appropriate leaf, and then ask them if this is obeying Allah.
- Review the story of Prophet Adam (a.s) and the importance of obeying Allah. Ask your child to give feedback on the tree making activity. If this is your child’s sole work, then you can ask them to also give feedback on His (swt) Creation.
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